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Surprising Vitality! Orthodox Christianity in Vienna

Fr. John Behr, exuberantly lecturing at the University of ViennaFr. John Behr, exuberantly lecturing at the University of Vienna"If you want to witness a welcoming political, cultural, and religious atmosphere for Orthodox Christianity," said Fr. John Behr, "just visit Vienna!

"The vibrant Orthodox community there models evangelical outreach, ecumenical cooperation, serious study, and vital worship, and I was overjoyed and honored to be part of it all during the Bright Season of Pascha," he noted....

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Archpriest Peter Baktis, Ch (COL) USA, Honored for 25 Years of Service

Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak

Metropolitan Tikhon presents a gramota to Fr. Peter and Mat. JeanneMetropolitan Tikhon presents a gramota to Fr. Peter and Mat. JeanneSeminary alumnus Archpriest Peter Baktis, Ch (COL) USA was honored recently for his twenty-five years of dedicated service as a chaplain with the United States Armed Forces. During the same retirement ceremony, held at the US Intelligence and Security Command Headquarters in Ft. Bevoir, VA, Matushka Jeanne also received the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for her dedicated service to soldiers, families and civilians.

Father Peter graduated from St. Vladimir's Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1985 and wrote his thesis on the development of North African Ecclesiology. He also holds a Master of Theology degree from General Theological Seminary, New York City, and a Master in Strategic Studies degree from The United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

The grandson of Belarusian and Lithuanian immigrants, Fr. Peter grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He and his family were members of Holy Trinity...

Seminarians Speak

In Pursuit of a Focusing of the Faith

Nikita Andrejev

The Andrejev familyThe Andrejev familySo much of what we do is like chaff that will be burned away on the last day because of its non-essential character. I would venture to say that this Scriptural idea not only concerns the pointless aspects of our lives, such as when we are sitting aimlessly on the couch; it is also a reminder that those of our activities which by the name of it seem "good" or even "Christian" will all-too-easily be obliterated with time unless they possess a concrete foundation in Jesus Christ [cf. I Cor 3.10–15]. What is this foundation, more practically speaking? Perhaps it is a mature theological...

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